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Finished: McCall’s 7989 Knit Camisole

I had a very cute knit camisole in college.  It came with matching boyshorts, which are long since gone.  I held onto the camisole even after it no longer fit comfortably in the bust. I finally made a better version of my comfy knit cami.

Here I am with my fitness swimsuit under it since the elastic straps are not bra friendly.



Pattern Description:
Misses’ fit and flared slipdress pattern from the 1990s. 

Pattern Sizing:
I began with the size 16 fitted slipdress pattern I worked on last year. 

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Umm, not really.  I wanted to recreate a knit camisole I loved (and outgrew) from my college days.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Instructions?  I winged it…

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like that I had — ostensibly — already fitted the pattern. 

Fabric Used:
An ITY knit from the stash. I’d bought it from in April.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
— I shortened the slipdress to hip length.
— I added a bust dart to the slipdress pattern and kept it in the knit camisole.  I am learning I absolutely need a dart in my knits.
— I used fold-over elastic (FOE) for the neck binding and the armholes.  After destroying the FOE on my first camisole, I got this one right after much (MUCH) practice.

— I thought the pattern was fitted to my body already, but when I tried on my cami, it was too big by a lot.   I wound up taking in the sides by 4″ on each side to get the fit I wanted.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will definitely be sewing this again.


2013 Has Been Something

Happy New Year to All!

The 2013 round-up blog posts have been great fun to read.  What a difference a year can make in life. And I have happily stayed in my lane (for the most part) in terms of sewing this year.


  • I finished my first pair of pants drafted with Kenneth King’s Jean-ius course on Craftsy.  And wound up with a pair of orange wide-leg pants for my first effort. This project was also my first welt pocket and snap application.

  • After some tweaking, I’ve tapered the width of the pants legs, fixed the seamlines that twisted below the knee, and adapted the waist areas to Butterick 4662 and Vogue 8751. My favorite pair so far is Butterick 4662, with which I successfully flat-lined for the first time. The color is very bright, but the pants make my legs look fantastic.f1740-b4662useforcontest

  • I started working on TNT patterns for myself and dubbed my efforts the Personal Sewing Academy. I’ve now got bodice, pencil skirt, flared skirt (not blogged), and pants slopers to show for my efforts.

  • I entered and completed my first PatternReview contest. Even though I knew I’d never win, I’m glad I stretched myself to finish. Since the move, I don’t have much call to wear the knit wrap top.

  • My 1 Dress project from 2012 was finished, with an unwearable result. I think something went wrong with my application of the underlining to the fashion fabric. But, after 3 muslins, my work did yield the bodice and pencil skirt slopers for the Personal Sewing Academy.

  • I love wearing slips under dresses. I sewed up an old favorite from high school, McCall’s 7989, in my post-high school size. While the pattern is a slipdress, I made it to use as a full slip. I cut out the pieces on the bias and used French seams. I have easily worn this slip the most of all the items I’ve sewn this year.

  • I sewed up one other oldie but goodie from college, McCall’s 9357, to wear to a summer party.

  • I worked on a few other items which didn’t make it to the blog and cut out and/or muslined other items before our move. I also drafted my first underbust corset.

613a9-photogrid_1380573573213-735376Still need to get finished photos.

I got a little more sewing education this year.  I bought Kenneth King’s Smart-Fitting DVD set and I have referred to its contents numerous times. I would gladly add to my sewing DVD collection. Of course, I have watched a number of YouTube sewing tutorials which helped a bunch.


  • We’ve moved. We are now over 800 miles from our former home. While it was snowed for the 3rd time in a week in CT, it was in the low 70s in SC. I may be a little giddy about the milder weather. 😉

  • My gluten intolerance, and quick-sprouting gray hair HALTED after I left my high-stress job in CT this past summer. I didn’t even realize how much my body was taking a beating due to my stressful life.

  • A lot of things I only dreamed of are coming to fruition since the move: 1) I have become a SAHSM (stay-at-home-single-mom) here. It wasn’t what I thought would happen when we moved, but we are holding our own. I don’t have to worry about what my kids are doing/ find care for them while I’m working anymore. 2) I have been filling in as a substitute teacher/ teacher’s assistant in the kids’ school district. I’ve really been enjoying the teaching assistant assignments most and hope to get a full-time position with the district. Working when the children are in school and being home when they are home would be a dream come true.

Here’s to an adventurous 2014!

McCall’s 7989 – Dress as Slip : Finished

Wow, it’s been 16 17 days since my last post & boy, things are all a-jumble here.
1.  The Little Mister has a broken finger (he and the Little Miss were arguing & she accidentally slammed his finger in a door) & spent the twins’ 11th birthday at the orthopedist for a surgical rule-out instead of at their bday party.
2. I’ve left my job. And what a relief it is.
3.  We are packing up the house for a big move!
4.  And I’ve been sewing as a distraction / procrastination tactic.
I made the following slip early last month. I’ve worn and washed it 3x since then.

Pattern Description: 1990s slip dress pattern with topper variations.
Pattern Sizing: 16, 18, 20 which was cut to 16.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn’t follow the instructions this time.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the simplicity of the pattern — front, back, strap, and facings. I also like the fact that I can make this as a slip (which is what I did this time) and as a dress.
Only one dislike — the facing likes to flip out of front. I think I will draft a deeper facing for next time.
Fabric Used: A super cheap, poly acetate from Affordable Fabrics.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Since I’ve had this pattern since high school, and I’m not quite high school size anymore, I added 1 inch to the seams.  I eliminated the center back seam.  I also enlarged the bust darts, lowered the neckline, added 4 inches to the hem, added 3 inches to the straps, and cut the pattern on the bias. After all that, I then took off the 4 inches at the hem and the 3 inches off the straps. Bias really does grow!
I made the slip with French seams and added a lapped side zipper. I used Angela Wolf’s narrow hem technique from Craftsy’s Tailoring RTW class.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I sewed this dress many times in high school, and now that I’ve re-sized it, I will definitely make it again. As a slip and as a dress. I would recommend it to others.
Conclusion: This is a nice simple pattern that is easy to make. I am pleased to use it as a slip pattern and can see it as a dress for me again (with thicker straps).
Lapped side zip, bust dart, & narrow hem details.